Simon Nadin and Fran Brown: British World Climbing Champions

Posted by Dave Turnbull on 09/10/2012
Simon Nadin World Cup Champion 1989

Last month Fran Brown became Para-climbing World Champion when she came first in the female physical-disability category in Paris. Following Fran’s great achievement, we’ve received some emails reminding us about Simon Nadin and his World Cup success in 1989.

This was the first-ever World Cup Series and Simon won. making him the World Cup Champion, a tremendous achievement which is still - quite rightly - remembered today.

My foreword in the latest BMC email newsletter referred to Fran as our first climbing World Champion and whilst this may be technically correct it’s probably a little over pedantic. 

Simon was the first World Cup Climbing Champion which, to all intents and purposes,  made him the first-ever climbing World Champion as there wasn’t a world championship event at that time.

Anyway, congratulations to Fran, it’s great that she now rates alongside Simon as one of our top competition climbers!

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02/11/2012
The first World Cup event ever was held in Leeds in 1989. Jerry Moffat won that. Simon won the World Cup Series in 1989 overall, clinching it with a superb climb in Arco as the last event. There seems to be a bit of confusion between World Championships (a one-off event) and a World Cup (points based over a number of events).

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